JONESBORO, Ark. (1/7/10) – Junior Rashad Allison hit a last second, buzzer-beating shot to lift Arkansas State (8-7, 3-1) over Middle Tennessee (7-8, 2-1) 69-67 in a Sun Belt Conference matchup Thursday night at the ASU Convocation Center.
ASU went into the final 21 seconds with a 67-64 advantage before MTSU's Montarrio Haddock hit a 3-pointer to tie with just 5 seconds remaining. Allison plowed through traffic to make the game-winning layup, leaving just 0.7 seconds to play and setting the final score at 69-67.
Allison delivered a team-high 15 points and was joined in double figures by freshmen Brandon Reed and Brandon Peterson with 13 each. All Red Wolves scored on the night with Martavius Adams adding nine, Trey Finn with eight, Jeremy Thomas with six, Adam Sterrenberg with four and Justin Butler hitting a free throw.
"That was a great win for our team. I thought our guys played hard the whole way, I thought we executed, we tried to defend and we did the things necessary to try to win," said ASU head coach John Brady. "Rashad made a great play and we were able to win it, but we did a lot of good things prior to that to put ourselves in a position to win. I am really proud of our team for what they did tonight."
Finn led the Red Wolves with 10 rebounds followed by Adams with six and Reed with five. Peterson, Thomas, Sterrenberg and Butler each added two.
The game was a back and forth affair with the lead changing 11 times and the score tied 14 times. ASU was edged out in the rebounding category with Middle Tennessee winning the battle of the boards 33-30, but ASU was able to hang with them down low with each team scoring 22 points in the paint.
ASU was up by two going at the break, 33-31 and led by six in the first half when Thomas hit a layup at the 11:40 mark.
ASU was an efficient 46.3 from the field on 19-41 shooting and turned in a strong performance from the charity stripe going 27-36 (75%). Allison was 7-8 from the charity stipe including going 4-4 in the final minute. Peterson was 7-12 and Reed 5-6 from the line. Adams was perfect from the field on 3-3 shooting.
The Red Wolves played a strong defensive game holding MTSU to 41.8% shooting (23-55) and held leading scorer Desmond Yates to just 10 points on 3-13 shooting. Yates was 4-4 from the charity stripe and entered the contest averaging 15.1 points per game.
The Red Wolves return to SBC action Saturday, Jan. 9 when they travel to Mobile, Ala. to take on the Jaguars of South Alabama in a 3:00 p.m. contest. The game will air on the Sun Belt Network.